The Easter holidays have begun! You can tell it’s the holidays, because overnight the skies opened and since Friday the rain has been lashing down, driven horizontal by the gale-force winds. We took Harry to the park to practice riding his bike on Sunday;
‘It’s like being in a HURRICANE‘ he screamed excitedly, as he was swept into a hedge.
Time to retire indoors to some more sedate, warm activities – like Easter crafting.
First we made hanging egg pendants to give to Harry’s grandparents by cutting out egg shapes from coloured cardstock and then liberally applying PVA glue before arranging a myriad of tonal blue buttons all over the shape (we get ours for £1/bag from here).
Once Harry had glued all the buttons on, we left the shapes to dry (the weight of the buttons helpfully holds them flat and stops them curling). Then I carefully poked a hole through one of the buttons using a craft needle and threaded thin ribbon through to create a hanging loop. Ta-da..!
These look lovely taped to a window, or we’ve strung a couple up on the peg rail in our guest room, and adorned the bare branches of our indoor fig tree to add a splash of unseasonal colour. To mail these to our families, I used trifold cards and glued a picture of the small craftsman to the inside, to give a flavour of the work in progress. Use the kind of hardboard-backed envelopes designed for photographs to ensure that they don’t bend or crack in the post.
Once we’d removed the excess glue from all the surfaces, including surfaces of hands, face and hair, we set about our second project; hatching chicks!
To make these, I drew around Harry’s hands onto some fun paper, then we each had a go at cutting round the shapes (great for developing coordination, this one). We used a small heart-shaped punch to make a beak and crest, then stuck on googly-eyes and used paper-fasteners to attach the wings, which flap up and down with a little bit of encouragement. I traced around the egg shape onto some white card to make a half-egg for the chick to hatch from; just glue it on top and you’re done.
We got quite carried away with the handprint-making, so used the same technique for Harry’s entry into his class competition to decorate a hard-boiled egg for Easter; this time he covered the handprints with tiny yellow pom-poms and we glued them to an egg I’d dyed yellow for him (by simply adding yellow food dye to a pan, popping the egg in and leaving it to boil (actually, forgetting about it until it almost boiled dry, which did give it a lovely depth of colour..). So here you have it, a newly-hatched baby chick with possibly the largest wings you’ll ever see (when DID Harry’s hands grow so big?), but a labour of love and much 5yr old pride.
Happy Easter, and have a wonderful long weekend when it comes!
(We have 10 children coming for an egg hunt on Friday, to coincide with what the Met Office describes as ‘an unprecedented Atlantic storm of hailstones and high winds’. I can’t wait).